Family Learning Solutions believes an empathetic approach builds student achievement and long-term life success. Young people and families face many obstacles in today's complicated learning environment and deserve the opportunity to connect to caring teachers and social workers within their school community,
Tutoring is extremely critical service, especially to students who have struggled due to Covid-19 and school building closures. As a result of the urgent need to address school readiness, FLS is offering tutoring to students referred by school personnel. We have Bilingual Staff to ensure that students and households struggling with English can access needed services.
Research has shown that school success and attendance among at-risk youth have positive outcomes when parents and caregivers are connected to their academic and extracurricular activities. However, if the adults in the household do not have a successful connection to the school community, it can negatively impact their children's activities and homework assignments. Our household initiative, called Food Grown Home, offers weekly food recovery and plant science mentoring sessions to teach entrepreneurship and exposure to the agriculture industry. Food Grown Home engages the entire household - utilizing a multigenerational approach with grandparents, parents and children in an activity that produces positive results within their household. Families are empowered with information and guidance. Connections are made among a broader network of mentors, experts and household growers.
Mentoring is offered to students during and after school, utilizing professionals and older students as mentors. Participating students, K-12th grades are equipped with essential life skills to thrive in their lives, personally, academically, and professionally. A safe, empowering, and supportive environment is provided as students cultivate authentic connection with themselves and others.
This initiative developed out of the success of our very first youth development program: The Homework Club. The students named our initially volunteer-based after-school program, their "homework club." Even though, homework was the last activity on their list ! Students created their own talent show, participated in counseling groups, experienced acting, camping and entrepreneurship classes. Proudly, our Alumni are successful business owners, actors, social workers, entertainment industry professionals, sports coaches and public school employees.
The alumni of our first project (1997-2007) are now leaders as they continue to aspire and reach impressive career goals. To name a few: Agnes (pictured) owns Waxing With Aggy in Silver Spring, Maryland. Assata is an aspiring actress and performed a one-woman show "Chains." Jene is working on her Master's Degree in Social Work and founder of Beautiful Gemz, bringing mentoring services to her community. Hadi is a school teacher and enrolled in a doctorate program. Selam is a graduate of a Master's Degree program in entertainment management and working at an entertainment agency in Los Angelos, California. Robert holds a Master's Degree in sports management, works as a security officer at local middle school and owns an international college advisory and sports coaching business.
Family Learning Solutions (FLS) began its mentoring work in 1997 in Rosemary Hills. All of our alumni graduated from Montgomery County public schools and participated in FLS "Homework Club" between 1997 - 2007. We are super excited to feature some of our alumni in our newsletter. Over the years, we have benefited from the expertise of our alumni.
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Family Learning Solutions, Inc. sponsors group mentoring and peer leadership programs serving youth and parents throughout Montgomery County, Maryland. Mentoring, Tutoring and Food Recovery programming goals and outcomes are in sync with Montgomery County's Racial Equity and Social Justice Act and Economic Development Plan.
Family Learning Solutions, Inc. (FLS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established in 1997 by Dr. Lori Melman, LCSW-C (Licensed Clinical Social Worker). FLS is committed to more than academic success among youth. In partnership with parents, schools, and the community, FLS strives to empower youth to realize their full potential, contribute their voice to the community, and have a strong foundation in knowing their worth. FLS is funded by City of Gaithersburg Community Services Dvision, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, Montgomery County Council and Office of County Executive. The support allows FLS to continue its commitment to serve all youth in their pursuit of academic and personal excellence.
Family Learning Solutions (FLS) partners with Project Change and AmeriCorps to provide career pathway opportunities. Mentors improve academic, career and college readiness.
Mentoring is an essential component in all of our lives and is often the number one contributing factor to individual success stories. FLS firmly believes that all youth deserve an opportunity to receive mentoring and reach their dreams. Especially given the challenges brought on from our public health crises, mentoring helps us brave the storms of life. During this unique time in our country's history,
FLS is targeting its resources and staff expertise
connecting families to
food recovery, mentoring and tutoring services.
Is your organization interested in starting a youth development program or an engagement initiative for parents and families? Start with a workshop and Family Learning Solutions can facilitate it with follow-up for implementation.
We are currently offering a food recovery program with selected households. Identified households in distress due to Cover-19 economic fallout are receiving weekly groceries and follow-up case management linking to resources.
Family Learning Solutions offers resources and strategies
for college and career success.
Alumni: Ms. Assata Williams performs CHAIN. This is an opportunity for students to share their courage, intelligence, perseverance, strength and views through storytelling, poetry, and creative expression.
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Family Learning Solutions, Inc. hopes all are taking precautions as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to protect themselves against this terrible health threat. Please follow the guidelines provided by the Governor and Montgomery County Executive. We are available by telephone during this unprecedented time. We will make every effort to contact any family that has been enrolled with our services during this school year via mobile phone and continue to provide check-ins or mentoring support via mobile phone or email. Please contact us with your updated cell phone and email contact information to facilitate supportive communication during this time. Take care and follow government guidelines.
Montgomery County Public Schools has designated 20 sites to provide “Grab-N-Go” meals for students. You can find the list of locations here. Free meals will be provided Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students do not have to present ID to receive meals but must be under 18 years old. They can visit any of the sites to receive a nutritious meal. CLICK HERE to stay up-to-date on the latest information from Montgomery County Public Schools concerning the coronavirus.
CLICK HERE for important information from the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services regarding food stamps and other helpful information.
An executive order announced Monday, March 16, 2020, by Gov. Larry Hogan enacts major developments to prevent the spread of coronavirus across the state, including closing many public places and prohibiting canceling public services.
Please see Montgomery County Covid-19 Resource page for updated information, specific to Montgomery County business and community. Website: montgomerycountymd.gov
Family Learning Solutions (FLS) is committed to more than academic success among youth. In partnership with parents, schools, and the community, FLS strives to empower youth to realize their full potential, contribute their voice to the community, and have a strong foundation in knowing their worth.
Family Learning Solutions, Inc. (FLS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established in 1997 by Dr. Lori Melman, LCSW-C (Licensed Clinical Social Worker). For nine years, FLS implemented a comprehensive youth development program within an apartment community in Silver Spring, Maryland. The program offered a satellite counseling center (partnership with George Washington Psy.D program) with group and individual counseling, summer camp, after-school homework club, entrepreneurship classes and a free creative arts and talent show. FLS has advocated for boys and girls mentoring to ensure equal access to all America has to offer.
FLS stands with the Black Lives Movement and supports equal access to justice, fairness and opportunity.
Board Member: Sande leads business outreach and innovative approaches to capital development. While our organization does traditional grant proposal submissions to foundations, Sande connects Family Learning Solutions to businesses and companies interested in creating opportunities for the next generation.
Founder and Executive Director: Lori chose social work over business but employs practical strategic practices to ensure participation among youth who have not been traditionally included in empowerment opportunities. Lori holds a Ph.D in Social Work and is a licensed clinical social worker
Board Member: Agnes, owner of Waxing With Aggy, Alumni of FLS firmly believes in the power of mentoring girls. Agnes participated in the FLS entrepreneurship program, beginning in elementary school and has proven to be a leader in the skincare industry. Agnes mentors middle and high school girls in the community. Agnes earned her Bachelor's Degree from Howard University.
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